There are numerous governing bodies across each province (BC Technical Standards, Ontario TSSA, etc.) with responsibilities associated with safe facility operation. However, the underlying philosophy of Occupational Health and Safety legislation across Canada is that employers/owners are ultimately the ones responsible for determining and implementing the necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of their employees. This is referred to as the ‘Internal Responsibility System’.
Because of this, it is necessary for facility managers and owners to:
- keep abreast of continually evolving regulations and legislation,
- ensure proper preventative maintenance,
- ensure effective emergency procedures and plans are in place,
- ensure safe operating procedures are being followed, and
- ensure service contractors are performing work safely.
This can be a daunting task.
An unbiased compliance audit completed by a third-party professional firm will provide a prioritized, comprehensive risk assessment that will take the guess work out of regulatory compliance and allow facility owners and managers to properly budget limited resources against what is truly required for their facility.
Compliance audits can involve either a general review – for a quick assessment of compliance – or a full, engineer-certified report.